Sainthood closer for U.S. Archbishop Fulton Sheen, an early televangelist

June 20, 2014
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, 1952/Library of Congress

(Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, 1952/Library of Congress)

U.S. Catholic Archbishop Fulton Sheen, one of the world’s first televangelists, has moved closer to sainthood after a team of theologians agreed a reported miracle should be attributed to his intercession, church officials said.

As Myanmar’s Rakhine Buddhists gain strength, so does anti-Muslim apartheid

By Reuters Staff
June 19, 2014
(Displaced Rohingya woman Norbagoun carries her severely malnourished 25-day-old twins in her lap in their house at the Dar Paing camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 24, 2014. Restrictions on international aid have exacerbated a growing health crisis among stateless Muslim Rohingya in west Myanmar. In February, Myanmar's government expelled the main aid group providing health to more than half a million Rohingya, Medecins Sans Frontieres-Holland (MSF-H), after the organisation said it had treated people believed to have been victims of violence in southern Maungdaw township in January. The United Nations says at least 40 Rohingya were killed there by Buddhist Rakhine villagers. The government denies any killings occurred. An attack in March on NGO and U.N. offices by a Rakhine mob led to the withdrawal of other groups providing healthcare and other essential aid to another 140,000 Rohingya living in camps. Picture taken April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Minzayar)

(Displaced Rohingya woman Norbagoun carries her severely malnourished 25-day-old twins in her lap in their house at the Dar Paing camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Minzayar)

Iran says will not hesitate to defend Iraq’s Shi’ite holy sites

By Reuters Staff
June 19, 2014
(Shi'ite Muslims attend a religious ritual at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen)

(Shi’ite Muslims attend a religious ritual at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen)

French imams, prison chaplains seek ways to combat Islamist radicalisation

June 19, 2014
(A family lights candles at the Jewish Museum, site of a shooting in central Brussels May 25, 2014. Belgian police were hunting on Sunday for an assailant who shot dead three people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, and French authorities tightened security at Jewish sites following another attack that prompted fears of a rise in anti-Semitism. REUTERS/Eric Vidal )

(A family lights candles at the Jewish Museum, site of a shooting in central Brussels May 25, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Vidal )

Israelis sway in hopeful prayer for missing teens

June 18, 2014
(Israelis take part in a mass prayer at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City, for the return of three teenagers who were abducted June 15, 2014. Israel said on Sunday that Hamas militants had abducted three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank, warning of "serious consequences" as it pressed on with a search and detained dozens of Palestinians. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

(Israelis take part in a mass prayer at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, for the return of three teenagers who were abducted June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

U.S. nuns sue disruptive strip club near their Chicago-area convent

June 18, 2014
(A general view of the city of Chicago, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young)

(A general view of the city of Chicago, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young)

A group of Chicago-area nuns is suing a strip club behind their convent, complaining of noise, glaring neon lights, fist fights and heaps of litter that include empty whiskey bottles and used condoms.

U.S. agency urges Myanmar to scrap proposed restrictive religion laws

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2014
(isitors walk around the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom )

(Visitors walk around the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom )

Cuba’s Catholic Church may restrict rare forum for open debate

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2014
(Police stand in the shade near Havana's 18th century Cathedral June 14, 2010. Vatican Foreign Minister Dominque Mamberti will visit Cuba this week at a time when the Catholic church is flexing its political muscle and calling for change on the communist-led island. His five-day visit, which starts on Tuesday, follows the release of one of Cuba's estimated 190 political prisoners and the transfer of 12 others to jails closer to their homes in moves requested by church leaders. A mass will be celebrated at the cathedral during Mamberti's visit. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan)

(Police stand in the shade near Havana’s 18th century Cathedral June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan)

Iranian veil site gets half million ‘likes’ and state TV rebuke

June 17, 2014
(Observing Islamic Veil is the Law on Our Country - Poster in Restaurant of Abbasian Historical House - Kashan - Central Iran)

(“Observing Islamic veil is the law on Our country “- a poster in a restaurant in Kashan, central Iran, 26 June 2012/Adam Jones)

Competing halal standards leave global food industry with indigestion

By Reuters Staff
June 16, 2014
(Cadbury chocolate products are is seen inside a shop in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur June 11, 2014. The storm of bad publicity that hit confectioner Cadbury in Malaysia after its chocolates tested positive for traces of pork highlights the costly, religious minefield food companies must navigate as they rush to tap the surging $1 trillion global halal market. Picture taken June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said )

(Cadbury chocolate products are is seen inside a shop in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said )